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Working out for Santa?David Hall gives 11-year-old Star the reindeer a walk Monday at the Delaney Park Strip near downtown Anchorage, Alaska. Hall said he takes Star for a walk every week and helps take care of her habitat.
Working out for Santa?David Hall gives 11-year-old Star the reindeer a walk Monday at the Delaney Park Strip near downtown Anchorage, Alaska. Hall said he takes Star for a walk every week and helps take care of her habitat.
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HENRIETTA, N.Y.


School bars girl’s


‘diabetes dog’


A diabetic 11-year-old whose family paid $20,000 for a dog trained to sniff out blood sugar swings at school is being tutored at home after the school district refused to allow the service animal in class.


Madyson Siragusa’s parents say her dog named Duke is no different than the seeing-eye dogs allowed inside public buildings and are pressing the Rush Henrietta Central School District to reconsider.


“We have no idea what changed their mind,” Keri Siragusa said of district officials who seemed receptive to the idea when she proposed it before the summer recess.


But shortly before the start of the new school year, Siragusa said, the suburban Rochester district sent a letter barring the dog because of concerns it would be a distraction, scare other children and aggravate allergies.


WASHINGTON


Feds to create


pot banking rules


The Justice Department and federal banking regulators will help clear the way for financial institutions to transact business with the legitimate marijuana industry without fear of prosecution, Deputy Attorney General James Cole told Congress on Tuesday.


The issue has taken on greater urgency now that Colorado and Washington have become the first states to legalize recreational use of marijuana.


Currently, processing money from marijuana sales puts federally insured banks at risk of drug racketeering charges.


EL-ARISH, Egypt


9 militants killed


in army raids


Egyptian army troops backed by helicopter gunships attacked suspected hideouts of Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday, killing nine and arresting 10, a military official said. The latest raids raised the death toll from four days of operations to 29.


Officials have described the military offensive that started Saturday as the biggest sweep of the region in recent years, aiming to weed out al-Qaida-inspired groups who have taken hold in villages in northern Sinai.


A military official said militant infrastructure including weapons caches, missile launchers, and nearly 100 vehicles were targeted in the operation. The official said troops, often with the help of air cover, have also targeted shacks and homes used by militants as hideouts, and areas where they stacked fuel for vehicles.


NEW ORLEANS


‘Godzilla’ creators


sue to crush beer


The Japanese company that produced the classic series of “Godzilla” movies has sued a New Orleans brewery, claiming the MechaHopzilla beer brand infringes on its copyrights and trademarks.


The lawsuit was filed Friday in U.S. District Court in New Orleans by Toho Co. Ltd. It includes photographs of the Mechagodzilla character Toho introduced in 1974 and a beer can produced by New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Co. LLC, known as NOLA Brewing.


The lawsuit says NOLA Brewing did not get permission from or pay Toho to use the trademarked character.


Brewery president and CEO Kirk Coco says his company applied for a trademark when the beer went on sale last year.


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